We not only need to expand the City’s affordable housing inventory, but we also will need to develop housing for those who are making too much for affordable housing and not enough to buy a home in the fair market. Maintain strong and proactive partnerships with Community Development Corporations and affordable housing developers at City Hall to increase mixed-use & supportive development projects. As your City Councilor Brian will advocate to develop responsibly, provide housing to low income, working, and professional class.
Pathways to home ownership
By creating pathways to homeownership, we address the racial wealth gap in our city and displacement due to lack of affordability. Brian will advocate to expand successful home buying programs, build partnerships with financial institutions that can create mortgage products that will increase buying power, provide down payment assistance and other supports for homeowners. As your City Councilor Brian will advocate to promote and expand programs that promote homeownership. Work with financial institutions to create mortgage programs that create equity in underserved communities.
Abandoned Housing Initiative
To revitalize our community and bring more housing all tools need to be utilized. Brian will advocate having abandoned properties be restored to provide housing or enter a receivership program, where the properties will be used to meet the goals of the neighborhoods. As your City Councilor Brian will use all City resources to increase our housing inventory.
District 4 has a large number of vacant city lots that can be used to provide affordable housing, parks, farms, and a workforce housing model. Through the development of these city vacant lots, we can create jobs and establish developer/contractor mentor programs that will establish socio-economic value to our community. The development process needs to be transparent and involve the community in the decision process. As your City Councilor, Brian will make sure our community’s voices are heard in the development process of our neighborhoods. Developments in our community need to fit our needs and include the community as equity partners.
The zoning process must be made more transparent, accountable, and equitable to align private development with community needs for stable housing, safe streets, open space reliable transportation, food access, and a healthy environment. As your City Councilor Brian will create a District-wide plant that allows our District to grow in a way that also benefits and protects current and long-time residents. Overhauling our zoning code will result in fewer variances, ease Zoning Board agendas and enable residents to better anticipate and define what their neighborhood will look like in the years to come.